The Adventures of Augustauff Greux.
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Birds Swarming – Inktense in a Watercolour Moleskine
It was very windy, last Thursday and I was outside working in my workshop when I heard this tremendous racket from the birds which roost in the high trees behind our house. Glancing upwards I was amazed to see this huge flock of crows or rooks zooming backwards and forwards in the same way that starlings do late at night. I don’t know why they were doing this but I quick collected my video camera and shot a quick film to record this behaviour. This painting is copied from a still from this video:
Maybe the wind was upsetting the birds as their nests, high up in the beech and elm trees were swaying terribly. We have stayed here for 30 years and have never seen this before.
Quick sketching practice. I love birds, we have many that come into the garden to feed and in the farmland around us.
“crow and raven”
blogged about here: http://goflyingtrtl.blogspot.com/2010/10/crow-and-raven.html
“For Pale Male”
*made for the Illustration Friday subject, “artificial”, mixed media in A4 watercolor Moleskine, 8/2010
Late last Spring, I’d see the same robin every morning while walking to my car to go to work. It had what looked like a little mohawk on its head, and in its mouth was always a worm. One morning I brought my camera and took some pictures of the robin, which this drawing is loosely based on. It even made me late for work one morning, when I got caught up watching it work its magic, using some kind of slight digging motion in a particular spot underneath a tree, to catch its daily breakfast. This robin seemed to know where all the action was at, and probably was a good provider to its young, though I never did watch long enough to see if it had hatchlings or a nest.
*made for the Illustration Friday topic, “breakfast”, watercolors and Pigma Micron pens in A4 Moleskine sketchbook, 7/2010